Apparently I missed one of the biggest trends of 2016 … ‘hygge‘. Heard of it? Me neither. Where have I been?!?!
According to the Oxford dictionary, ‘hygge‘ means “a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).” Who wouldn’t want to embrace this concept, especially with the snow falling and the Christmas season approaches? I now have an entire board on my Pinterest page dedicated to learning about hygge. Of course, then my fashionista mind began to think how I can incorporate this into what I wear.
So, how can you and I hygge our closets?
- Stick with neutrals. Neutrals are peaceful. Yummy Scandinavian colours such as oatmeal, greige and mink, black and cream.
- Wear warm comfy clothes. Eliminate clothes that don’t fit or are scratchy. I personally cannot stand wool next to my skin but others love it. Start with a pair of stylish jersey or knitted track pants and a slouchy sweater. If the budget allows, a fine cashmere hoodie. And, of course, fuzzy PJ’s and socks.
- Dress warmly. The Danish live by Alfred Wainright’s phrase ‘Der findes intet der hedder dårligt vejr, kun dårligt påklædning!’ (‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!’). Our harsh winters call for puffy coats, flannel shirts, a cozy scarf, oversized mittens, cute toques and fleece-lined boots & sweaters. Being cold is not comfortable and there is no reason with all of the yummy, soft options out there.
- Flowy & layers with few details. Think European and minimalism. In the summer, this could mean linen. In the winter, hygge means a double dose of sweaters by pulling on a cardigan over another knit, which is over your cashmere long-sleeve tee.
- Simplify. Eliminate the stress of getting dressed by finding your style and reducing the clutter. The best way to do this is to stop buying “orphans” and buy outfit pieces instead. Build your closet in clusters (otherwise known as “capsule”). For more information on clustering, you can read my previous blog on clustering or visit my Pinterest page.
Enjoy inviting comfort and connection into your life. Light some candles. Drink some tea. Invite friends over. Turn off the electronics. Create a soft space at home with lamps, pillows and soft throws. Read. Eliminate what you don’t love and display your treasures instead. Bake. Get outside. Be grateful. Volunteer. Do a random act of kindness. Take a bath. Go sledding or for a walk in the snow. Write a thank-you note. Call your parents. Eat comfort food. Shovel the walk of a senior. Go skating. Play board games. Go to bed earlier.
Hygge away, my friends!